This summer a little film called “Jurassic World” stomped into theaters and smashed opening day records (it also earned $511 million worldwide). Before the release, success was by no means a sure thing, and there were a lot of unknowns: Chris Pratt had only lead one movie, Colin Trevorrow had only directed a small-scale indie previously, and neither of the previous two ‘Jurassic’ films accomplished what Steven Spielberg‘s original did in 1993. While the film happened to be one of the most fun blockbusters of the year, some of that credit must go to Spielberg’s “Jurassic Park,” to which “Jurassic World” paid loads of homage.
To take a look back at just how awesome “Jurassic Park” is and how innovative much of the filmmaking was, a new video essay digs into the famous tyrannosaurus rex attack. In “Video Essay: The T-Rex Attack In ‘Jurassic Park’,” Jonathan Foster takes a long and thoughtful look at one of the most famous scenes in blockbuster history. It’s an immaculately crafted set piece, Spielbergian to its core. The choreography is plainly set up to allow the audience to always know right where they are, and the editing is even-tempoed, allowing the chaos to be shown through action, rather than manipulated through quick cuts (which, granted, is a trick that some directors have had great success with). The result was one of the most tense moments in cinematic history, both in 1993 and today.
‘The T-Rex Attack,’ more than anything else, is a reminder of just how good Spielberg can be and why many of his films sit at the apex of a genre.
Check out the video essay below and weigh in with your thoughts in the comments.